|Sri Sathya Sai performing the Abhishekam to the Shirdi Sai Baba Idol|
... Continued from Part 2
The Shirdi Devotees
|Shirdi Baba and His Devotees|
After this, many devotees like Mhalaspati, Dada, Nana Chandorkar, Abdul Baba, Kaka Dixit and Shyam Sundar came. There was also the son-in-law of Lakshmibai. His name was Booty. He thought that he should build a Krishna temple there. Lakshmibai had no son. She had a daughter only whom she got married to Booty. She had a lot of money. Every morning and evening she would prepare maize roti and brinjal curry. Three days Baba had very high temperature. Baba said, “I won’t be here. I shall go to the temple which Booty is constructing is for Me.” But Booty wanted to install only Krishna in the temple. Baba was saying, “Krishna would never come. It is for Me!” Shyama was the cook. He did a lot of service to Baba. Shyama, Kaka Dixit and Patel, all of them took Baba to the temple. Baba said, “Where you want to install the Krishna idol you put Me there. Let Me lie down.” Baba lay down over there and later gave up His body. When Baba gave up His body Abdul Baba was there. He prayed to Baba, “What will happen to me now. I came very recently. What type of life should I lead now?” “In South India, in the state of Madras, in Anantapur district, I will be born there, you can come there”, Baba said. During those days Andhra was a part of Madras state. Even Kerala was a part of the Madras state.
From Shirdi to Parthi
|Little Baba playing the game of marbles |
with the village children
|The boy takes the Shaligrama from the altar|
The Visit to the Virupaksha Temple
|The Virupaksha Temple at Hampi visited by Sri Sathya Sai in 1938|
Continued in Part 4...
Source: Then At Shirdi, Now At Parthi, Discourse 13, My Dear Students Volume 3, March 16, 1998; Discourse to the students and staff at Trayee Brindavan